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Wild Hogs

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Disneyfied Easy Rider for the suburban set.
  • Review Date: August 13, 2007
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 99 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

True friends stick together, even when it means getting whupped by a gang of hardcore bikers. But also lots of scatological humor (the guys pee on the side of the road, biker says "We drink piss," Macy carries his poop around in a plastic bag) and derogatory/homophobic comments.

Violence

A biker gang and the four Wild Hogs have a climactic fistfight, but despite the nonstop punching and kicking, no one ends up too bloody. One man knees two bikers in the groin and squirts condiments all over their face. A character regularly punches, pushes, and slaps his underlings.

Sex

The friends skinny dip; viewers see bare buttocks. A highway patrolman joins the guys and shows off his naked butt. A couple of passionate kisses.

Language

Frequent cursing, including words like "bitch," "s--t," "p---y," "a--hole," etc. Several homophobic comments: "If any of my gay friends look at my junk, I'll kill them," "Does anyone else get a pre-rape feeling?," "I'm going to put your balls in my mouth and chew on them," etc.

Consumerism

Several bikers ride Orange County Choppers, and founder Paul Teutel Sr. even cameos.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The Wild Hogs drink beer at various bars and diners throughout their road trip; Tim Allen's character discusses how often he was high in his college days.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comedy adventure isn't as kid-friendly as the previews suggest. The four middle-aged friends who set out on the central road trip use plenty of strong language, and the genuine biker gang they butt heads with is full of slapsticky violent, tattoo-covered hog riders out to punish the "suburban a--holes" posing as bikers. And then there are all homophobic jokes and double entendres -- not to mention the scatological possibilities of four men taking on the great outdoors. Be prepared for a lot of gay, poop, and pee jokes.

What's the story?

John Travolta leads the pack as Woody, a man his friends think has it all: money, looks, and a supermodel wife. But he's actually broke and about to get divorced. Desperate for a last-ditch way to rekindle better times, Woody convinces his motorcycle pals -- henpecked husband Bobby (Martin Lawrence), bored dentist Doug (Tim Allen), and computer-geek bachelor Dudley (William H. Macy) -- to take a road trip. Along the way, the guys do plenty of middle-aged male bonding.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The four stars of WILD HOGS are all talented comedic actors, which is why it's disappointing -- if not surprising -- that this buddy flick isn't funnier. If you decide to join the fellas on their trip, stick around for a surprise treat at the end -- one that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition fans will especially appreciate. It's one of the funniest moments in the movie; too bad it came so late.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what the four friends learned about themselves and each other on their road trip. Why was the trip so important to Woody? How was Woody misleading his pals?

  • Why didn't Doug's son consider him cool until the end of the movie? Why was Bobby afraid of his wife? How did Dudley act bravely despite his geeky personality?

  • Ask kids to explain how the guys proved their friendship to each other. What other movies does this one remind you of? What's the appeal of "road trip movies"?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 1, 2007
DVD release date:August 14, 2007
Cast:John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, Tim Allen
Director:Walt Becker
Studio:Touchstone Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:99 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:crude and sexual content, and some violence.

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Kid, 12 years old May 25, 2010

Funny, but could be better

This movie was pretty funny. There were a lot of good jokes that would appeal to older tweens. Expect sexual humor and PG-13 swearing.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2010
wild hogs vs del flugios that's what was going on that's what really the story line is men who wanna go on roadtrip
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Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old July 16, 2009

funny!!!

SO FUNNY!!!!
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Too much swearing

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